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16 July, 2004

Excel Date Conversions And DNA

From The Register: Excel ate my DNA.

Genetic research is being hampered by a smart formatting function in Excel, according to US researchers.

The errors are introduced because some genetic identifiers look very like dates to Excel. If the spreadsheet is not properly set up, it will convert an identifier, such as SEPT2 to a date: 2-Sep. The conversion, the researchers say, is irreversible: once the error has been introduced, the original data is gone.

(Thanks Tim Spellman)

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Inexplicable Objects

Here are 162 weeks worth of Inexplicable Objects. I can't explain it. It's inexplicable.

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Adjuh's Phototshop Work

Take a look at Adjuh's site -- especially the Little Brother and Big Brother links.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Tumbleweeds For Sale

If you need a tumbleweed, check out the Prairie Tumbleweed Farm. Their motto:

"If they don't tumble, we don't sell them!"

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Are You Tired?

If you're tired, tell them why. This may be the ultimate minimalist Web site.

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Lunch Clock

Want a longer lunch break? It's easy with Lunch Clock.

lunchclock is a JavaScript clock that distorts time to give you a longer lunch hour. lunchclock discreetly runs fast in the morning, runs slow over lunch, and runs fast again in the afternoon. The result is that the length of your working day is unchanged, but you can sneak a few extra minutes onto your lunch break.

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Fake Bands

The ultimate fake band list: Rocklopedia Fakebandica.

Finally, all the fictional bands and singers from TV and movies listed in one convenient, scarily obsessive place. Why? It's the Internet, stupid! The Internet was created for such things as this! And now we have almost hit the 600 mark!

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Ice Photographs

Ice Photography by D. Himes.

Between February and March of 2003, I took about 1,500 photographs of ice forms. The forms were made by pouring water into household objects like bowls, vases, and balloons, and then freezing or partially freezing them in the fridge.

For lighting, I generally kept the room pitch black and used only a flashlight to illuminate the ice.

Posted on 16 July, 2004

GoogleDorks

According to johnny.ihackstuff, a GoogleDork is...

An inept or foolish person as revealed by Google.

Johnny, by the way, describes himself as a Christian hacker.

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Mr. Sheep

Welcome to Mr. Sheep's inter-world-web-superhighway-site-thing.

This is where I publish images and small animations, made using Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 and Animation Shop 3.

Just do some clicking, and you may find some weird and/or amusing stuff. Like this one, called "The Interview."

Posted on 16 July, 2004

Management By Baseball

Here's an interesting blog: Management by Baseball.

Management consultant & ex-baseball reporter Jeff Angus shows you almost everything you need to know about management you can learn from baseball.

(via Doc Searls Weblog)

Posted on 16 July, 2004

The Rappin' Trucker

Somebody bought a CD from a truck stop, and posted the MP3s. It's called Buck Truck, The Rappin' Trucker.

It was a chance I had to take. I plunked down my $4.99 and walked out with this potentially cringeworthy find.

The good news is that it's worse than I could have imagined. It was originally released in 1990, and I can't imagine that it's still in print. One listen, and one understands why "rap music" plus "truckers" didn't zoom as a concept.

I sampled a few tracks, and it's not really that bad. It's much more listenable than most "real" rap music that I've heard. It would probably be moderately entertaining on a long drive.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 16 July, 2004